I know my vocabulary changed while I was in job search. Certain words became more prominent in my networking, as well as my self-discussions. As I approach a full year since my last job search, I realize that many of these terms remain in my daily speech. For some reason, many of them start with the letter ‘D.’
Here is the list of these terms, with an explanation of how the word inspired me. If this list reminds you of terms which have helped you, please consider sharing those terms in the comment section.
Dare to hear others’ honest opinions of I present myself. The most valuable opinions are from those who’ve decided to take a pass on me: I may disagree with each one, but if a common theme evolves from unconnected sources, I need to understand and embrace how they arrived at that perspective.
Demonstrate my skills and abilities to people I haven’t met yet, and to those I have. What matters is that these skills provide value to others, regardless of who, or how it is provided. This will support my self-confidence, and shows others what I am capable of doing well.
Discuss my efforts, progress, and obstacles with others, and learn what they have found useful (or not so useful) in their job search. Do this on a scheduled, weekly basis, preferably within a job search work team.
Distance myself from negative influences as much as possible. Anything can be shown in a negative light, and being unemployed tends to lower the lights anyway, so try to stay away from those who focus upon a pessimistic view. Be especially aware of folks who are negative not just about their own situation, but also about mine.
Do remain active during this job search. (In a Yogi Berra-ish way, “The one thing to do, is to always do more than one thing.”) Be outside the home; exercise, network, meet, talk to people, and help others in their endeavors.
Donate my time to others in job search, and to endeavors that I support. This will help keep my mind fresh. Don’t worry if this doesn’t clearly establish a path to a hiring manager. This provides a place for me to contribute value, and I can reference this in future phone screenings and interviews.
Depend upon my own abilities, and remember that I can provide value to an organization. My abilities and efforts had brought me success before I was unemployed, and I need to trust that these are still within me. (Do not underestimate the importance of this point.)
Allan Channell is a new ‘Blog to Work’ contributor. He has experience in software development, project management, and has interests in communications, Tai Chi, and humor.
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